Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
election day. the first debate will focus on the economy and domestic policy. both took a break tuesday, with mitt romney grabbing a bite to eat in denver, president obama visited the hoover dam for the first time. >> the president: it is spectacular. >> reporter: both relied heavily on their running mates to lead their campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: it didn't take long for republican vice presidential hopeful ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been "buried." we agree. >> reporter: the latest poll shows the race for president is still close. which means every word and gesture tonight could impact the election. after a couple of coin tosses last night we learned president obama will be taking the first question. mitt romney will deliver the final closing argument. brandi hitt, abc7 news. >>> do we expect things to be cordial tonight or sniping? >> reporter: i think they are going to be a lot of attacks tonight.
Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
show americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose entitle a new poll this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support the race is closer president obama leads mitt romney by just two points, 49-47%. that's why the debates could be the pivotal turning point the romney campaign is hoping for. governor christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to be saying it is a new race. >> reporter: president obama is holding debate prep in nevada, working on keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has to be president. he killed osama bin laden i think he can stand up to mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy calling for a new strategy in the mideast saying the obama administration has been at the mercy of events, rather than shaping them. >> juke see the first debate right -- you can see the first
Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
into the -- until the election one day until tomorrow's debate. tahman bradley has the latest on the last minute preps. >> reporter: the stage is almost ready at the university of denver where tomorrow night, president obama and mitt romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. last night in denver romney previewed one of his lines of attack. >> we've had 43 straight months of unemployment above 8% what does the president have to say? he says forward. i think for warned is a better term. -- forewarned is a better term. >> reporter: romney is trailing the president in the polls, the candidate has spent many hours practicing he will huddle with advisers again. >> he's playing barack obama in these mock debates, i don't like him very much any more. >> reporter: president obama took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> the president: andrea, this is barack obama, how are you? that's right. >> reporter: with it was a brief break for the president who like romney has been rehearsing for days. senator kerry is pl